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Research Interests

My research focuses on developing and applying biomarker methods to explore environmental risk factors associated with chronic diseases, cancers, and complex disorders. This work includes both discovery-based approaches using protein adduct profiles to identify unknown risk factors, and targeted approaches using finger stick blood samples to extend the application of exposure biomarkers to molecular epidemiology.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of North Carolina

… → 2009


  • Biochemistry: Proteins
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Endocrinology
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Pediatrics
  • Systems Biology

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Biomarkers Medicine & Life Sciences
Environmental Exposure Medicine & Life Sciences
Serum Albumin Chemical Compounds
Blood Chemical Compounds
Telomere Medicine & Life Sciences
Occupational Exposure Medicine & Life Sciences
Particulate Matter Medicine & Life Sciences
United Arab Emirates Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2007 2021

Gestational Diabetes
Air Pollution
Autistic Disorder
Environmental Exposure
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (U.S.)
Environmental Pollutants

Research Output 2006 2019

  • 422 Citations
  • 16 Article
  • 3 Review article

Associations of gestational diabetes mellitus with residential air pollution exposure in a large Southern California pregnancy cohort

Jo, H., Eckel, S. P., Chen, J. C., Cockburn, M., Martinez, M. P., Chow, T., Lurmann, F., Funk, W. E., McConnell, R. & Xiang, A. H., Sep 1 2019, In : Environment International. 130, 104933.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
pollution exposure
atmospheric pollution
confidence interval
2 Citations (Scopus)
Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Analysis of Variance
Public health

Quantification of cotinine in dried blood spots as a biomarker of exposure to tobacco smoke

Ladror, D., Pitt, B. & Funk, W. E., Jan 2 2018, In : Biomarkers. 23, 1, p. 44-50 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Adapting biomarker technologies to adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) research: Current thoughts on using in vivo discovery for developing in vitro target methods

Pleil, J. D., Beauchamp, J. D., Miekisch, W. & Funk, W. E., Jul 15 2015, In : Journal of Breath Research. 9, 3, 039001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Systems Biology
Environmental Exposure
Traditional Medicine
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Open Access
Heavy Metals